When someone is hurting, the words we choose and the way we share the important information they need can become pivotal defining moments that determine whether they feel heard, seen, and nurtured.
Comfort is at the center of everything we write, design, and publish, because leaving a client informed is not enough.
That’s why we specialize in creating teaching tools with meaningful, memorable content that do more than educate. Our tools embody the support and compassion your clients, patients, and families need most.
I've spent more than two decades working in end-of-life care and trauma therapy.
In my years serving patients as an oncology social worker, a hospice social worker, a bereavement coordinator, a trauma and grief specialist, and an assistant director for a local hospice, I saw the agony of anticipatory grief and trauma caregivers face.
There had to be a better way to assist caregivers, and the professional team supporting them to navigate the complexities they face.
That's why I began to develop our signature approach using the power of generative metaphor to serve overwhelmed caregivers, helping them process their pain while retaining the important information they needed to provide care for their loved one.
Our flagship booklet, Nature Gave Us Butterflies: A Family Guide to End-of-Life Transitions., has become a repeated best-seller.
My signature style and methodology has captured the attention of healthcare and mental health organizations throughout the United States and Canada.
When I'm not writing, I can be found in front of the fireplace with a good book and an espresso, or hiking with my husband, camera in tow. I also travel to the mountains to visit my adult children any chance I get.
In today's on demand world, there are many options you can use to provide the information your patients and their caregivers need to understand more about the journey they are on.
Keep in mind their worlds have been turned upside down. They are bundles of nerves, adrenaline, and exhaustion. That means the way important information is communicated is all the more crucial if it is to be retained and applied.
Brains in crisis are just not poised to process dry, intellectual formats of information effectively. And you don't want the educational materials you invest in to wind up on the recycle pile, or be glanced through and forgotten.
That's where we come in.
The answer isn't more information served up as black-and-white text on a page.
The answer is using resources that are intentionally crafted to provide sensory, sensitive, and story-led learning experiences that both comfort and guide.
Wings of Change Publications™ creates evidence-based, original, and beautifully-designed patient and caregiver resources for EOL professionals to use in education, aftercare, and support.
We are committed to empowering clinicians and administrators to teach easily, communicate effectively, and offer their clients the comfort and understanding they need to confidently navigate end-of-life transitions with intention and assurance.
You just finished your final visit for the day. And the phone rings again. Another client in crisis. Your margin is being stretched so thin it feels like it might break.
We have all been there. That's why we are so passionately committed to serving you, the EOL professional. You are the most important resource your clients have.
But we can't give what we don't have. That simple. Sometimes the most important person we show up for is ourselves.
End-of-life care can be rewarding and fulfilling. While we often go above and beyond for our clients, we can never forget we are also human. We need rest, rejuvenation, and refilling too.
That's why our whole ethos at Wings of Change Publications revolves around the concept of hygge. Hygge embodies the intentionality of creating the space we need to replenish and restore, the space we need for our souls to breathe.
What that looks like for each of us is different. But nurturing that space for ourselves is one of the most crucial things we can do to prevent compassion fatigue and burnout.
Read more about how you can proactively embrace hygge for yourself and join our community of caregivers receiving the TEND E-letter here:
HYGGE FOR THE HEART
In life's greatest losses, even the right words can fall flat. When words fail, storytelling becomes the central way we process and seek to find meaning in life's most difficult circumstances.
When our brains are stressed, they try to make sense of what's happening by building a narrative framework. That's what Brené Brown calls being "neuro-biologically hardwired for story".
And the stories we tell ourselves about these painful events wind up shaping our experience of those events and their impact on our journey.
A central part of our role as EOL professionals is to provide our clients the tools they need to start processing their pain.
Studies have shown that when people experience difficult emotions or situations..., they employ metaphor as a tool to help them make sense of and express their experiences (Semino, 2011).
Metaphors go beyond making abstract concepts tangible, they actually generate the mindset around those concepts.
That's why we intentionally use generative metaphor as the core construct behind all our patient and caregiver support materials.
Our products don't just inform, they help patients and those who love them have story tools to engage in meaningful, mindful conversations that lead to hope and healing.
We listen to our customer's needs and write to meet those needs. We use our hearts to infuse the writing with gentleness and meaning, and our minds to ensure the content is thorough and updated.
We use meaningful metaphors and unique ideas that resonate with our readers.
We are intentional in serving those who need healing resources by keeping comfort at the center of everything we write, design, and publish.
Words matter. We choose them carefully.